Travelling with Type 1 Diabetes

Travelling with a medical condition can be daunting at times, but as long as you are prepared and have a plan for in case you run out of medications, it really isn’t that hard. People have medical conditions all over the world, so medication and pharmacies are available no matter where you are. It can be harder to get in some places and language barriers can make it tricky, but I assure you, you will be able to get what you need to keep you alive and healthy. Having travel insurance is a must and ensuring that it covers you for any expenses related to your condition is essential. 

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 7 years old. I have never let it stop me from doing anything (within reason) and have lived a very normal, healthy lifestyle. I grew up not really knowing any differently and can’t remember what it was like to not have diabetes, so for me it is just a routine part of life. When I travel overseas, I ensure that before I leave, I have a letter from my doctor and endocrinologist stating, I have Type 1 Diabetes and the medications I am on and that I am carrying them with me. The above preparation would apply to all medical conditions that require you to carry prescription drugs, in case you are ever questioned at customs. It also comes in handy when seeing an overseas doctor to prove your condition and to give them written evidence that you do, in fact, require the medications you are asking for. It will save you the time and hassle of trying to contact your regular health professionals while you are away. 

When I made the decision to move to Europe, many people questioned me or stressed as to how I will get my medications while abroad. Type 1 Diabetes is a common condition and most of the medications and devices are worldwide brands/companies, meaning that I can get the exact product I get in Australia, overseas. To access my prescription medication, all that is needed is a doctor’s appointment. I see the doctor and they write me up a prescription, I take it to the pharmacy and I get it filled. No different to what I have to do in Australia. Sure I may have to pay a fee to see the doctor, but like I mentioned earlier, I have travel insurance so I lodge the claim and they put the money back into my account. It really is that simple.

I think the key to travelling or living abroad with a medical condition, is being smart about your supplies. Pack enough to get you through for as long as you can and ensure that you don’t leave it until your medication levels are running low before stocking up again. If you follow these steps, you should be able to travel stress free. Shop Related Products

I know, for some, their medical conditions may not be as well controlled or they may not be as confident managing it as I am, but I just wanted to share my experiences as to how easy I find it. Before I moved overseas, I did the common google search, looking into accessing medication etc in other countries. I couldn’t find anything too helpful. I hope this blog post reaches out to anyone worrying about their travel plans and how they will access to medications while abroad.

Happy travels!!!

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